10 Times the National Enquirer Has Been Right: From Michael Jackson to OJ Simpson (Photos)

The National Enquirer’s report that Prince had AIDS has been derided as distasteful and unethical. Lawyers say the tabloid can’t be sued for libel if it’s wrong, since Prince is dead. Mainstream media outlets have been staying away fr…

The National Enquirer’s report that Prince had AIDS has been derided as distasteful and unethical. Lawyers say the tabloid can’t be sued for libel if it’s wrong, since Prince is dead. Mainstream media outlets have been staying away from the story, but in fairness, the Enquirer has been right on several major stories over the years. To give the Enquirer its due, here are TK of its biggest scoops.

In 1994 the gossip magazine published photos of O.J. Simpson wearing the infamous Bruno Magli shoes after he denied owning a pair.

In 2001 the Enquirer claimed that Jesse Jackson fathered a child with a woman who wasn’t his wife. The activist confirmed the story before the issue hit newsstands.

Rush Limbaugh used to denounce drug use on his radio show. But in 2003 he admitted the Enquirer’s story about an addiction to painkillers.

The Enquirer broke the news of O.J. Simpson’s book, “If I Did It.” Simpson’s own lawyer denied the book’s existence, but Simpon’s lawyer was wrong.

Remember Dog The Bounty Hunter? The former reality star was deemed a racist after the Enquirer dug up recordings of a phone call in which he used racial slurs.

The Enquirer was the first to report Woods’ extramarital affairs back in 2009.

The paper correctly reported that John Edwards had a secret love child with Rielle Hunter, ruining his political career.

Mel Gibson was married for 28 years, but the Enquirer broke the surprising news when it ended in 2008.

The Enquirer eerily reported that Michael Jackson had only six months to live exactly six months before he died.

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The Enquirer took heat for reporting that Steve Jobs was ill. He died a few months later.

North Korea Vows to ‘Cut Off the Dirty Windpipes’ of Two South Korean Journalists

North Korea has vowed to execute South Korean reporters over their review of a book about life in Kim Jong-Un’s country, according to the Associated Press.

Korean Central News Agency aired a state court statement that expressed displeasure with two South Korean newspaper journalists over their reviews of a book called, “North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors.”

The North Korean court also “sentenced to death” the newspaper’s presidents and promised to “track down to the end and cut off the dirty windpipes” of the journalists responsible, according to the AP.

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The book, written by British authors, “viciously defamed and distorted” the country’s realities, according to the court. However, the authors were not directly threatened by North Korea. Former Economist reporter Daniel Tudor and Reuters correspondent James Pearson penned the book.

North Korea has threatened South Korean journalists in the past but doesn’t always follow through on the tough talk. Back in 2012, North Korea was upset over reports on children’s festivals occurring in the country and warned that its military was in place to attack specific South Korean news organizations that covered the story.

The book isn’t North Korea’s only issue these days. President Donald Trump hinted at retaliation on Tuesday morning, saying that “all options are on the table” after North Korea launched off a missile that flew directly over Japan.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in an official statement released Tuesday. “All options are on the table.”

Trump said that North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” by launching the missile over Japan.

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North Korea has vowed to execute South Korean reporters over their review of a book about life in Kim Jong-Un’s country, according to the Associated Press.

Korean Central News Agency aired a state court statement that expressed displeasure with two South Korean newspaper journalists over their reviews of a book called, “North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors.”

The North Korean court also “sentenced to death” the newspaper’s presidents and promised to “track down to the end and cut off the dirty windpipes” of the journalists responsible, according to the AP.

The book, written by British authors, “viciously defamed and distorted” the country’s realities, according to the court. However, the authors were not directly threatened by North Korea. Former Economist reporter Daniel Tudor and Reuters correspondent James Pearson penned the book.

North Korea has threatened South Korean journalists in the past but doesn’t always follow through on the tough talk. Back in 2012, North Korea was upset over reports on children’s festivals occurring in the country and warned that its military was in place to attack specific South Korean news organizations that covered the story.

The book isn’t North Korea’s only issue these days. President Donald Trump hinted at retaliation on Tuesday morning, saying that “all options are on the table” after North Korea launched off a missile that flew directly over Japan.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in an official statement released Tuesday. “All options are on the table.”

Trump said that North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” by launching the missile over Japan.

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‘Morning Joe’ Says Trump Didn’t Think He’d Win: ‘Was All a Money-Making Scam’ (Video)

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump didn’t think he would actually win the election, accusing his winning campaign of simply being “a money-making scam.”

Scarborough, who has gone from Trump alley to one of his staunchest critics, recently told TheWrap the only way the president cold repair their relationship would be to resign.

“He thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him…he was going to take the money and run,” Scarborough said on Tuesday’s show. “This was all a money-making scam.”

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The segment started with “Morning Joe” discussing a recent Washington Post report that Trump’s associates communicated directly with Russia during the campaign. Scarborough mocked Trump over the article, saying it always feels like Trump and his team can’t get any dumber.

Guest Mark Halperin credited “branding” and noted said that Trump simply wanted to build a tower in Moscow.

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“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump didn’t think he would actually win the election, accusing his winning campaign of simply being “a money-making scam.”

Scarborough, who has gone from Trump alley to one of his staunchest critics, recently told TheWrap the only way the president cold repair their relationship would be to resign.

“He thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him…he was going to take the money and run,” Scarborough said on Tuesday’s show. “This was all a money-making scam.”

The segment started with “Morning Joe” discussing a recent Washington Post report that Trump’s associates communicated directly with Russia during the campaign. Scarborough mocked Trump over the article, saying it always feels like Trump and his team can’t get any dumber.

Guest Mark Halperin credited “branding” and noted said that Trump simply wanted to build a tower in Moscow.

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Michael Moore Predicts Trump Will Win Re-Election in 2020

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020 in a Monday interview with Fast Company — but the Trump critic has a plan to stop it from happening.

“I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020,” Moore told the magazine. “But he will win those electoral states as it stands now.”

Moore, who recently took the Broadway audience from his politically charged, one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to Trump Tower to protest the president, was one of the few newsmakers who correctly predicted Trump would actually defeat Hillary Clinton and win the presidency.

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“Here’s the good news: We don’t have to convince a single Trump voter to vote differently because we already have the majority,” Moore told the magazine in a reference to Clinton winning the popular vote but not the Electoral College.

Moore pointed to the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which is an agreement between states that they would give all electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote. Moore feels that if enough states agree by 2020, it will help kick Trump out of the White House. So far, 10 states and Washington D.C. have agreed, according to Fast Company.

“That’ll be an easier way to get this done,” Moore told the magazine. “People should not despair, thinking, well, the Republicans have all this power and all that. Think of the suffragettes. They were trying to get the vote for women. They got [the 19th Amendment ratified] in 35 states to give women the right to vote. Think of that uphill battle.”

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Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020 in a Monday interview with Fast Company — but the Trump critic has a plan to stop it from happening.

“I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020,” Moore told the magazine. “But he will win those electoral states as it stands now.”

Moore, who recently took the Broadway audience from his politically charged, one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to Trump Tower to protest the president, was one of the few newsmakers who correctly predicted Trump would actually defeat Hillary Clinton and win the presidency.

“Here’s the good news: We don’t have to convince a single Trump voter to vote differently because we already have the majority,” Moore told the magazine in a reference to Clinton winning the popular vote but not the Electoral College.

Moore pointed to the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which is an agreement between states that they would give all electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote. Moore feels that if enough states agree by 2020, it will help kick Trump out of the White House. So far, 10 states and Washington D.C. have agreed, according to Fast Company.

“That’ll be an easier way to get this done,” Moore told the magazine. “People should not despair, thinking, well, the Republicans have all this power and all that. Think of the suffragettes. They were trying to get the vote for women. They got [the 19th Amendment ratified] in 35 states to give women the right to vote. Think of that uphill battle.”

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Trump Bristles as ‘Fox & Friends’ Slams Slow Pace of Filling Government Jobs

President Donald Trump responded directly to conservative commentator Laura Ingraham minutes after she appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning to criticize the lack of appointees in government jobs.

“We only have had a FEMA director since June… I think we can all look at these horrific pictures [of Houston flooding] and we can conclude that a Federal government does need staff. We see it acutely in need of staff,” Ingraham said. “This isn’t the only crisis we’re facing. This is massive… we’re also facing a huge crisis with North Korea.”

Trump disagreed and took to Twitter to respond directly to his favorite morning show.

.@foxandfriends We are not looking to fill all of those positions. Don’t need many of them – reduce size of government. @IngrahamAngle

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2017

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Trump tagged Ingraham in the response that was sent out minutes after the segment aired.

On the Fox News morning show, Ingraham also said that Americans are losing confidence. The administration has over 300 positions without a nominee and Ingraham said Trump’s team “has a lot on their hands” but needs to have people in place.

Ingraham criticized the lack of appointees in several key areas, saying, “It’s not ideal.”

Ingraham and Trump appear to have a strong relationship and she was long rumored to join his communications team. Ingraham also praised Texans for the way the devastating storm has been handled during her appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

She said people need “love and prayers,” which she said is something the government can’t provide.

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President Donald Trump responded directly to conservative commentator Laura Ingraham minutes after she appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning to criticize the lack of appointees in government jobs.

“We only have had a FEMA director since June… I think we can all look at these horrific pictures [of Houston flooding] and we can conclude that a Federal government does need staff. We see it acutely in need of staff,” Ingraham said. “This isn’t the only crisis we’re facing. This is massive… we’re also facing a huge crisis with North Korea.”

Trump disagreed and took to Twitter to respond directly to his favorite morning show.

Trump tagged Ingraham in the response that was sent out minutes after the segment aired.

On the Fox News morning show, Ingraham also said that Americans are losing confidence. The administration has over 300 positions without a nominee and Ingraham said Trump’s team “has a lot on their hands” but needs to have people in place.

Ingraham criticized the lack of appointees in several key areas, saying, “It’s not ideal.”

Ingraham and Trump appear to have a strong relationship and she was long rumored to join his communications team. Ingraham also praised Texans for the way the devastating storm has been handled during her appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

She said people need “love and prayers,” which she said is something the government can’t provide.

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President Donald Trump hinted at retaliation on Tuesday morning, saying that “all options are on the table” after North Korea launched off a missile that flew directly over Japan.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in an official statement released Tuesday. “All options are on the table.”

Trump said that North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” by launching the missile over Japan.

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On Monday, North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan, the first time the nation has tested a weapon over Japan, according to the Associated Press. The missile splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, prompting Trump to discuss a plan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

“Japan’s and the U.S. positions are totally at one,” Abe said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Trump departed for Texas on Tuesday to visit areas effected by Hurricane Harvey and the deadly flooding in Houston.

Leaving now for Texas!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2017

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President Donald Trump hinted at retaliation on Tuesday morning, saying that “all options are on the table” after North Korea launched off a missile that flew directly over Japan.

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in an official statement released Tuesday. “All options are on the table.”

Trump said that North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” by launching the missile over Japan.

On Monday, North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan, the first time the nation has tested a weapon over Japan, according to the Associated Press. The missile splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, prompting Trump to discuss a plan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

“Japan’s and the U.S. positions are totally at one,” Abe said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Trump departed for Texas on Tuesday to visit areas effected by Hurricane Harvey and the deadly flooding in Houston.

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ESPN’s Ryen Russillo Suspended After Nude and Drunken Arrest

Ryen Russillo has been suspended and will return to ESPN Radio on Sept. 5 after being arrested last week, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Russillo was arrested after allegedly getting drunk and entering a stranger’s bedroom, police in Jackson, Wyoming, told TheWrap.

Police responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a residence, according to the department. Police said the victims stated that an unknown male was in their home and directed officers to him.

“Officers found the defendant, later identified as Ryen August Russillo, lying on the bed in the south bedroom naked except for his pants around his ankles,” the probable cause affidavit states, according to Jackson Hole News & Guide.

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“Officers found the suspect, later identified as 42 year old Ryen August Russillo, lying on the bed in the south bedroom. Russillo had blood shot, glassy eyes, very slurred speech and could not answer questions coherently; all signs of alcohol intoxication,” police said. “He did not seem to know where he was and could not answer questions as to where he was staying.”

Russillo, host of ESPN’s “The Russillo Show,” appeared not to have entered the residence forcefully but rather through a door that had not been properly secured.

Nonetheless, because he had allegedly entered the residence illegally and refused to leave when asked, he was placed in custody on a criminal trespass charge, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $750.

He will return from suspension following Labor Day weekend.

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Ryen Russillo has been suspended and will return to ESPN Radio on Sept. 5 after being arrested last week, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Russillo was arrested after allegedly getting drunk and entering a stranger’s bedroom, police in Jackson, Wyoming, told TheWrap.

Police responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a residence, according to the department. Police said the victims stated that an unknown male was in their home and directed officers to him.

“Officers found the defendant, later identified as Ryen August Russillo, lying on the bed in the south bedroom naked except for his pants around his ankles,” the probable cause affidavit states, according to Jackson Hole News & Guide.

“Officers found the suspect, later identified as 42 year old Ryen August Russillo, lying on the bed in the south bedroom. Russillo had blood shot, glassy eyes, very slurred speech and could not answer questions coherently; all signs of alcohol intoxication,” police said. “He did not seem to know where he was and could not answer questions as to where he was staying.”

Russillo, host of ESPN’s “The Russillo Show,” appeared not to have entered the residence forcefully but rather through a door that had not been properly secured.

Nonetheless, because he had allegedly entered the residence illegally and refused to leave when asked, he was placed in custody on a criminal trespass charge, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $750.

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‘False Promises’: Did Anthony Scaramucci Just Compare Trump’s White House to ‘Game of Thrones’?

Anthony Scaramucci may be a really big fan of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” but he could also be using a line from Sunday night’s episode of the hit HBO show to troll President Trump.

The former White House communications director sent a message shortly after the season finale of “GoT,” quoting the current king of the north, Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington).

“When enough ppl make false promises words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers only better and better lies” –Jon Snow

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 28, 2017

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Hmm. Could he have been referring to false promises made by Trump per chance?

Scaramucci’s time as communications director was both brief and bizarre. He began by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff and then made global headlines for a profanity filled interview with the New Yorker in which he publicly feuded with former White House chief of Staff, Reince Priebus.

During a phone call with a New Yorker reporter, Scaramucci called Priebus “a f–ing paranoid schizophrenic,” among other colorful epithets, and accused the former RNC head of deliberately undermining him. However, when the interview was published, Scaramucci responded by saying his biggest mistake was to trust a reporter. He chalked it up to “colorful” language.

Despite the embarrassment it brought on the White House, it was Preibus, not Scaramucci, who initially lost his job. But Scaramucci was also fired shortly thereafter.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best,” the White House said in a statement.

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Anthony Scaramucci may be a really big fan of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” but he could also be using a line from Sunday night’s episode of the hit HBO show to troll President Trump.

The former White House communications director sent a message shortly after the season finale of “GoT,” quoting the current king of the north, Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington).

Hmm. Could he have been referring to false promises made by Trump per chance?

Scaramucci’s time as communications director was both brief and bizarre. He began by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff and then made global headlines for a profanity filled interview with the New Yorker in which he publicly feuded with former White House chief of Staff, Reince Priebus.

During a phone call with a New Yorker reporter, Scaramucci called Priebus “a f–ing paranoid schizophrenic,” among other colorful epithets, and accused the former RNC head of deliberately undermining him. However, when the interview was published, Scaramucci responded by saying his biggest mistake was to trust a reporter. He chalked it up to “colorful” language.

Despite the embarrassment it brought on the White House, it was Preibus, not Scaramucci, who initially lost his job. But Scaramucci was also fired shortly thereafter.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best,” the White House said in a statement.

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Here’s Why You Don’t See the Colosseum in Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Rome Episode

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain is as passionate for film as he is for food. So, naturally, the “Parts Unknown” host is avoiding anything that looks familiar — including Rome’s iconic Colosseum.

“We wanted to make this the most beautiful thing we’d ever shot,” Bourdain told TheWrap. “We set out ahead of time looking to do something really, really special.”

And original.

“Parts Unknown” is nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Informational Series, Outstanding Cinematography, writing, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing. One of Bourdain’s proudest achievements is the Rome episode, which is nominated for cinematography and sound awards award — but don’t expect to see many familiar sites.

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Bourdain and his crew wanted to film the “widescreen, letter box” episode to make the journey through Rome appear like a film. They took inspiration from a variety of films, including the 1970 Italian classic “The Conformist.”

“The challenge that we also set for ourselves was to not shoot classical Rome at all,” Bourdain said. “No shots of the Colosseum, nothing from the Roman empire… we very much wanted to talk about everyday, quotidian, post-World War 2 Rome… the Rome that most Romans actually live in.”

The episode features a variety of “film people” with Italian roots, such as famed director Abel Ferrara and “xXx” actress Asia Argento.

“We talk a lot about Pasolini… who set so many of his films in that Rome,” Bourdain said.

The Emmy nominated Rome episode included the largest crew and most equipment ever for an episode of “Parts Unknown,” which typically changes up the style that each episode is shot, giving the show an artistic feel that differs on a weekly basis. He said part of the reason for the challenge and said finding unique ways to shoot a specific city is “fun” for his crew.

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“Usually we’re much more of a run-and-gun operation,” said Bourdain. “This was very consciously shot like a film because we wanted it to look like a film and sound like a film… It’s what we love about being able to do this show.”

Bourdain picked Rome for the episode designed to look like a film because Argento, who was born in the Italian city, motivated him.

“She was very much into this idea of non-classical Rome… the Rome she sees everyday and takes her kids to school in, and works in, is very different,” he said. “The whole look of the show and the themes of the show sort of grew out of my initial conversations with her.”

Bourdain said winning the Emmy would be “enormously gratifying” because “talking about the possibility of a particular look and feel” and actually achieving it, for a particular episode, is the fun part of his job. Also, he simply wants his crew to be recognized.

“These guys have never worked so hard. I asked of them to make the greatest looking show we’d ever done and they went out, and with extreme difficulty, and a lot of work… did just that,” Bourdain said. “I’d really love to see these guys acknowledged.”

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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain is as passionate for film as he is for food. So, naturally, the “Parts Unknown” host is avoiding anything that looks familiar — including Rome’s iconic Colosseum.

“We wanted to make this the most beautiful thing we’d ever shot,” Bourdain told TheWrap. “We set out ahead of time looking to do something really, really special.”

And original.

“Parts Unknown” is nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Informational Series, Outstanding Cinematography, writing, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing. One of Bourdain’s proudest achievements is the Rome episode, which is nominated for cinematography and sound awards award — but don’t expect to see many familiar sites.

Bourdain and his crew wanted to film the “widescreen, letter box” episode to make the journey through Rome appear like a film. They took inspiration from a variety of films, including the 1970 Italian classic “The Conformist.”

“The challenge that we also set for ourselves was to not shoot classical Rome at all,” Bourdain said. “No shots of the Colosseum, nothing from the Roman empire… we very much wanted to talk about everyday, quotidian, post-World War 2 Rome… the Rome that most Romans actually live in.”

The episode features a variety of “film people” with Italian roots, such as famed director Abel Ferrara and “xXx” actress Asia Argento.

“We talk a lot about Pasolini… who set so many of his films in that Rome,” Bourdain said.

The Emmy nominated Rome episode included the largest crew and most equipment ever for an episode of “Parts Unknown,” which typically changes up the style that each episode is shot, giving the show an artistic feel that differs on a weekly basis. He said part of the reason for the challenge and said finding unique ways to shoot a specific city is “fun” for his crew.

“Usually we’re much more of a run-and-gun operation,” said Bourdain. “This was very consciously shot like a film because we wanted it to look like a film and sound like a film… It’s what we love about being able to do this show.”

Bourdain picked Rome for the episode designed to look like a film because Argento, who was born in the Italian city, motivated him.

“She was very much into this idea of non-classical Rome… the Rome she sees everyday and takes her kids to school in, and works in, is very different,” he said. “The whole look of the show and the themes of the show sort of grew out of my initial conversations with her.”

Bourdain said winning the Emmy would be “enormously gratifying” because “talking about the possibility of a particular look and feel” and actually achieving it, for a particular episode, is the fun part of his job. Also, he simply wants his crew to be recognized.

“These guys have never worked so hard. I asked of them to make the greatest looking show we’d ever done and they went out, and with extreme difficulty, and a lot of work… did just that,” Bourdain said. “I’d really love to see these guys acknowledged.”

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Joe Biden Slams POTUS in Charlottesville Op-Ed: ‘Do What President Trump Has Not’

Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump in an op-ed published Sunday in The Atlantic that addressed the recent violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

The op-ed, titled, “We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation,” urges Americans to “do what President Trump has not.”

Trump was widely criticized for saying that people on “both sides” were responsible for the tragic violence that resulted in the death of a woman and dozens of injuries earlier this month when neo-Nazis and white supremacists clashed with counter-protestors.

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“The chants echoing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s. The neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city,” Biden wrote. “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

Biden said that recent progress on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights have been “met by a ferocious pushback” from the “oldest and darkest forces” in America.

The former Veep then asked, “Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?”

Biden said that Americans have fought this fight in the past but have a special challenge because President Trump “has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.”

Biden continued: “This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants–all who are seen as ‘the other’ — won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”

Biden urged readers to “uphold America’s values,” while repeatedly noting that Trump has failed to do so. He concluded his op-ed by writing, “If there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump in an op-ed published Sunday in The Atlantic that addressed the recent violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

The op-ed, titled, “We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation,” urges Americans to “do what President Trump has not.”

Trump was widely criticized for saying that people on “both sides” were responsible for the tragic violence that resulted in the death of a woman and dozens of injuries earlier this month when neo-Nazis and white supremacists clashed with counter-protestors.

“The chants echoing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s. The neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city,” Biden wrote. “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

Biden said that recent progress on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights have been “met by a ferocious pushback” from the “oldest and darkest forces” in America.

The former Veep then asked, “Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?”

Biden said that Americans have fought this fight in the past but have a special challenge because President Trump “has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.”

Biden continued: “This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants–all who are seen as ‘the other’ — won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”

Biden urged readers to “uphold America’s values,” while repeatedly noting that Trump has failed to do so. He concluded his op-ed by writing, “If there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.”

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Hillary Clinton Promises to Let Her ‘Guard Down’ During National Book Tour

Hillary Clinton will tour the nation, appearing at theaters and book stores to promote her upcoming memoir, “What Happened,” and promises to let her guard down in the process.

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down,” Clinton says in a statement on her tour’s website, posted Monday.

The former presidential candidate will aim to take audiences with her on a first-person journey, and offer a personal perspective on what happened during the election. She also promises to explain what’s next for her life and career.

Clinton’s tour includes stops in Washington, Toronto, South Florida, Montreal, Michigan, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, with tickets going on sale Sept. 18.

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” recently aired exclusive excerpts from Clinton’s upcoming book, in which she said that Donald Trump “was breathing down her neck” and made her skin crawl the presidential debate where Trump stood closely behind his opponent when it was her turn to speak.

“It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before the world heard him brag about groping woman. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces,” Clinton wrote.

She continued: “It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching ,’Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on — as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly ‘back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’”

Clinton’s “What Happened” hits bookstores on September 12.

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Hillary Clinton will tour the nation, appearing at theaters and book stores to promote her upcoming memoir, “What Happened,” and promises to let her guard down in the process.

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down,” Clinton says in a statement on her tour’s website, posted Monday.

The former presidential candidate will aim to take audiences with her on a first-person journey, and offer a personal perspective on what happened during the election. She also promises to explain what’s next for her life and career.

Clinton’s tour includes stops in Washington, Toronto, South Florida, Montreal, Michigan, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, with tickets going on sale Sept. 18.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” recently aired exclusive excerpts from Clinton’s upcoming book, in which she said that Donald Trump “was breathing down her neck” and made her skin crawl the presidential debate where Trump stood closely behind his opponent when it was her turn to speak.

“It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before the world heard him brag about groping woman. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces,” Clinton wrote.

She continued: “It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching ,’Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on — as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly ‘back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.'”

Clinton’s “What Happened” hits bookstores on September 12.

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‘Morning Joe’ Guest Rips Sheriff Joe Arpaio: ‘He Was Running a Concentration Camp’ (Video)

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ripped President Trump for pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who guest Mike Barnicle said was “running a concentration camp.”

Arpaio had been convicted of criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case but was given a presidential pardon by Trump on Friday. Co-host Joe Scarborough doesn’t approve and said, “The list of horrors this guy has implemented is staggering.”

Barnicle and New York Times reporter Nick Confessore were on hand to chime in, noting that the investigation started while George W. Bush was president and that child abuse cases went dark under Arpaio if the kids were the children of immigrants.

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Barnicle said a list of controversial things that Arpaio has done was published in a local newspaper.

“Half of the things on the list are absolutely shocking,” Barnicle said. “He was running a concentration camp. That’s basically what he was doing.”

Scarborough said, “Donald Trump mistakes this for being tough on law and order.”

He continued: “This is obvious to Democrats and Republicans alike that this guy is a complete thug, he doesn’t respect the rule of law… Yes, he had the authority to do this. But if articles of impeachment, years down the road, are ever brought up against [Trump], these are the sort of things that are going to be attached in abuse of powers.”

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ripped President Trump for pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who guest Mike Barnicle said was “running a concentration camp.”

Arpaio had been convicted of criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case but was given a presidential pardon by Trump on Friday. Co-host Joe Scarborough doesn’t approve and said, “The list of horrors this guy has implemented is staggering.”

Barnicle and New York Times reporter Nick Confessore were on hand to chime in, noting that the investigation started while George W. Bush was president and that child abuse cases went dark under Arpaio if the kids were the children of immigrants.

Barnicle said a list of controversial things that Arpaio has done was published in a local newspaper.

“Half of the things on the list are absolutely shocking,” Barnicle said. “He was running a concentration camp. That’s basically what he was doing.”

Scarborough said, “Donald Trump mistakes this for being tough on law and order.”

He continued: “This is obvious to Democrats and Republicans alike that this guy is a complete thug, he doesn’t respect the rule of law… Yes, he had the authority to do this. But if articles of impeachment, years down the road, are ever brought up against [Trump], these are the sort of things that are going to be attached in abuse of powers.”

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Trump Explains to ‘Fake News’ Why His Tone Has Been All Over the Place

President Trump has made quite a few public appearances this week and pundits are criticizing him for switching up his tone to suit the makeup of the various crowds he has addressed. Now, the president has taken to Twitter to clear it all up on Thursday morning.

“The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches. Well, their [sic] was Afghanistan (somber),” Trump tweeted in a string of messages that contained grammatical errors. “The big Rally (enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion – V.A. (respectful and strong). To [sic] bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!”

Trump is referring to his primetime speech on Afghanistan, which took a somber tone and was followed by a campaign-style rally in Arizona that was filled with his supporters. He also addressed the American Legion on Wednesday in a speech he refers to as “respectful and strong.”

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Trump initially sent the tweets regarding his tone twice, but eventually deleted the repeated versions. Meanwhile, Trump wasn’t finished, as he also mocked James Clapper on his favorite form of social media.

Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, questioned Trump’s fitness for office on Wednesday during an appearance on CNN.

“James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump,” Trump wrote. “Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?”

Check out the president’s Thursday morning messages:

The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches. Well, there was Afghanistan (somber), the big Rally…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

..(enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion – V.A. (respectful and strong). Too bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

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President Trump has made quite a few public appearances this week and pundits are criticizing him for switching up his tone to suit the makeup of the various crowds he has addressed. Now, the president has taken to Twitter to clear it all up on Thursday morning.

“The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches. Well, their [sic] was Afghanistan (somber),” Trump tweeted in a string of messages that contained grammatical errors. “The big Rally (enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion – V.A. (respectful and strong). To [sic] bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!”

Trump is referring to his primetime speech on Afghanistan, which took a somber tone and was followed by a campaign-style rally in Arizona that was filled with his supporters. He also addressed the American Legion on Wednesday in a speech he refers to as “respectful and strong.”

Trump initially sent the tweets regarding his tone twice, but eventually deleted the repeated versions. Meanwhile, Trump wasn’t finished, as he also mocked James Clapper on his favorite form of social media.

Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, questioned Trump’s fitness for office on Wednesday during an appearance on CNN.

“James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump,” Trump wrote. “Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?”

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Crying Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Leader Turns Himself Into Police

Christopher Cantwell, the neo-Nazi leader who was featured throughout Vice News Tonight’s viral special documenting Charlottesville violence and teared up in a second viral video, has turned himself into police.

Cantwell turned himself in to Lynchburg police on Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville, according to Daily Progress. He was arrested on two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury, all felonies.

Cantwell recently released a video in which he cried to police that he was “terrified” and “afraid” he will be killed when he realized there was a warrant for his arrest.

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Vice News Tonight’s “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” documents a reporter who was embedded with Cantwell’s neo-Nazi group throughout the chaotic violence in Charlottesville. Cantwell is shown defending police brutality toward black men, carrying numerous guns and even admitting that he “goes to the gym” to make himself more “capable of violence.”

At one point during the Vice report, Cantwell mocks Donald Trump for allowing his daughter to marry Jared Kushner, who he refers to as “a Jew.” He even said he would prefer the president to be “a lot more racist than Donald Trump.”

Cantwell painted himself as a tough guy who would “kill” if that was what it took to spread his beliefs.

“We’ll f——- kill these people if we have to,” he says directly to the camera.

In stark contrast, Cantwell didn’t appear to be too tough in the video he released last week, after he learned of the warrant for his arrest, saying, “I’m terrified. I’m afraid you’re going to kill me — I really am.”

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He started off the video, addressed to police, saying he has learned there is a warrant out for his arrest but would need to appear at a public place to confirm the situation.

“I don’t think it’s wise for me to be going anywhere,” Cantwell said while getting choked up. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to go there, frankly.”

Cantwell got more emotional as the video went on and, at one point, apologized to the camera for tearing up.

“I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, OK? That was the whole entire point of this and I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful,” he said.

He continued to cry when discussing that his group might talk a big game on the Internet but actually went through all the proper steps needed to organize the rally.

“We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding,” he said through the tears. “Our enemies will not stop.”

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Christopher Cantwell, the neo-Nazi leader who was featured throughout Vice News Tonight’s viral special documenting Charlottesville violence and teared up in a second viral video, has turned himself into police.

Cantwell turned himself in to Lynchburg police on Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville, according to Daily Progress. He was arrested on two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury, all felonies.

Cantwell recently released a video in which he cried to police that he was “terrified” and “afraid” he will be killed when he realized there was a warrant for his arrest.

Vice News Tonight’s “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” documents a reporter who was embedded with Cantwell’s neo-Nazi group throughout the chaotic violence in Charlottesville. Cantwell is shown defending police brutality toward black men, carrying numerous guns and even admitting that he “goes to the gym” to make himself more “capable of violence.”

At one point during the Vice report, Cantwell mocks Donald Trump for allowing his daughter to marry Jared Kushner, who he refers to as “a Jew.” He even said he would prefer the president to be “a lot more racist than Donald Trump.”

Cantwell painted himself as a tough guy who would “kill” if that was what it took to spread his beliefs.

“We’ll f——- kill these people if we have to,” he says directly to the camera.

In stark contrast, Cantwell didn’t appear to be too tough in the video he released last week, after he learned of the warrant for his arrest, saying, “I’m terrified. I’m afraid you’re going to kill me — I really am.”

He started off the video, addressed to police, saying he has learned there is a warrant out for his arrest but would need to appear at a public place to confirm the situation.

“I don’t think it’s wise for me to be going anywhere,” Cantwell said while getting choked up. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to go there, frankly.”

Cantwell got more emotional as the video went on and, at one point, apologized to the camera for tearing up.

“I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, OK? That was the whole entire point of this and I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful,” he said.

He continued to cry when discussing that his group might talk a big game on the Internet but actually went through all the proper steps needed to organize the rally.

“We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding,” he said through the tears. “Our enemies will not stop.”

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‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Time for Trump to Resign (Exclusive)

“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski say their once-friendly relationship with Donald Trump has soured so completely that there’s only one way he can regain their support.

In a recent interview with TheWrap, we asked the couple, “Is there anything Trump can do to get you back in his corner or is it too late?”

He can leave,” Brzezinski replied.

He can resign,” said Scarborough.

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That would be very helpful,” added Brzezinski.

We’re a long way from the days during the presidential campaign when the hosts were accused of being too cozy with Trump. In February 2016, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi wrote that the pair “should be herded into a rocket and shot into space for their brown-nosing of Trump.” The MSNBC show was one of many outlets accused of giving Trump a platform for the sake of ratings.

Scarborough and Brzezinski eventually ramped up their criticisms, and their relationship with Trump disintegrated in June when the president claimed Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a party at his Mar-a-Lago resort around New Year’s Eve. The president was roundly criticized for the ugly personal attack.

The recently engaged Scarborough and Brzezinski spoke with TheWrap last week for an inside look at the 10-year anniversary of “Morning Joe.” We asked them to walk us through how they so completely lost faith in the president.

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TheWrap: Mika has said the personal attacks don’t bother her but what does bother her is that she’s worried for the country. At what point in Trump’s presidency were you the most worried?

Brzezinski: It was early on.

Scarborough: I could tell you that, for me, the first time that I realized that we could be heading directly into a constitutional crisis was when he started challenging the legitimacy of federal judges. This is just something that, I guess, if you run golf courses your whole life, you may not understand exactly what you’re doing. But when he started questioning the legitimacy of the judiciary, I started asking, ‘Well, how far does this go?’ Then a week or two later, he called the press ‘enemies of the people,’ which of course is a Stalineqsue term that the Soviet Union outlawed after Stalin died. That’s when we realized it was getting into even more dangerous territory.

Brzezinski: We had massive reservations throughout the campaign… Last August on the show, Joe revealed that a top foreign policy leader had talked to Trump and Trump asked why the president couldn’t use nukes. Why can’t we nuke people? We were so disturbed, we revealed this on the show and we literally said, ‘Be careful, America.’ We were very worried and for some reason, because their was a relationship with Trump… a lot of people misunderstood that as if we were like, voting for him. Which did not happen. In neither of our cases.

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Scarborough: You can also go back to February… I wrote a column for the Washington Post and I said he was using racist tactics. I think I ended it by asking if this is how the party led by Abraham Lincoln dies? So, with all that said, I think I said I could never vote for him in December of 2015 after the Muslim ban comment. Trump was sending nasty tweets about us… it got really ugly during the campaign but I think Mika would agree with me that as bad as we thought it was going to be, as bad as people who have known him for a decade thought it was going to be — it’s actually even worse.

TheWrap: Is there anything Trump can do to get you back in his corner or is it too late?

Brzezinski: He can leave.

Scarborough: He can resign.

Brzezinski: That would be very helpful.

TheWrap: Trump has been widely criticized for the way he handled Charlottsville. Did he ever show any signs of being a racist, from a personal standpoint, when you were close with him?

Brzezinski: No, honestly no. He’s very kind to people… he seems really nice and funny.

Scarborough: All the times that we had spent time with him… I never heard him make racist comments or say racially insensitive things behind the scenes and I always took him to be a moderate, Manhattan Democratic who was friends with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and the Clintons, and everybody else. I guess all that changed when he figured out that he could use birtherism to make inroads in the Republican Party.

I think it’s all just an absolutely cynical, nasty ploy for him and I think it has been from the beginning of his campaign to try to win support among very dark element of the Republican Party. Unfortunately it worked in the primaries but it’s destroying his presidency.

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“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski say their once-friendly relationship with Donald Trump has soured so completely that there’s only one way he can regain their support.

In a recent interview with TheWrap, we asked the couple, “Is there anything Trump can do to get you back in his corner or is it too late?”

He can leave,” Brzezinski replied.

He can resign,” said Scarborough.

That would be very helpful,” added Brzezinski.

We’re a long way from the days during the presidential campaign when the hosts were accused of being too cozy with Trump. In February 2016, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi wrote that the pair “should be herded into a rocket and shot into space for their brown-nosing of Trump.” The MSNBC show was one of many outlets accused of giving Trump a platform for the sake of ratings.

Scarborough and Brzezinski eventually ramped up their criticisms, and their relationship with Trump disintegrated in June when the president claimed Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a party at his Mar-a-Lago resort around New Year’s Eve. The president was roundly criticized for the ugly personal attack.

The recently engaged Scarborough and Brzezinski spoke with TheWrap last week for an inside look at the 10-year anniversary of “Morning Joe.” We asked them to walk us through how they so completely lost faith in the president.

TheWrap: Mika has said the personal attacks don’t bother her but what does bother her is that she’s worried for the country. At what point in Trump’s presidency were you the most worried?

Brzezinski: It was early on.

Scarborough: I could tell you that, for me, the first time that I realized that we could be heading directly into a constitutional crisis was when he started challenging the legitimacy of federal judges. This is just something that, I guess, if you run golf courses your whole life, you may not understand exactly what you’re doing. But when he started questioning the legitimacy of the judiciary, I started asking, ‘Well, how far does this go?’ Then a week or two later, he called the press ‘enemies of the people,’ which of course is a Stalineqsue term that the Soviet Union outlawed after Stalin died. That’s when we realized it was getting into even more dangerous territory.

Brzezinski: We had massive reservations throughout the campaign… Last August on the show, Joe revealed that a top foreign policy leader had talked to Trump and Trump asked why the president couldn’t use nukes. Why can’t we nuke people? We were so disturbed, we revealed this on the show and we literally said, ‘Be careful, America.’ We were very worried and for some reason, because their was a relationship with Trump… a lot of people misunderstood that as if we were like, voting for him. Which did not happen. In neither of our cases.

Scarborough: You can also go back to February… I wrote a column for the Washington Post and I said he was using racist tactics. I think I ended it by asking if this is how the party led by Abraham Lincoln dies? So, with all that said, I think I said I could never vote for him in December of 2015 after the Muslim ban comment. Trump was sending nasty tweets about us… it got really ugly during the campaign but I think Mika would agree with me that as bad as we thought it was going to be, as bad as people who have known him for a decade thought it was going to be — it’s actually even worse.

TheWrap: Is there anything Trump can do to get you back in his corner or is it too late?

Brzezinski: He can leave.

Scarborough: He can resign.

Brzezinski: That would be very helpful.

TheWrap: Trump has been widely criticized for the way he handled Charlottsville. Did he ever show any signs of being a racist, from a personal standpoint, when you were close with him?

Brzezinski: No, honestly no. He’s very kind to people… he seems really nice and funny.

Scarborough: All the times that we had spent time with him… I never heard him make racist comments or say racially insensitive things behind the scenes and I always took him to be a moderate, Manhattan Democratic who was friends with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and the Clintons, and everybody else. I guess all that changed when he figured out that he could use birtherism to make inroads in the Republican Party.

I think it’s all just an absolutely cynical, nasty ploy for him and I think it has been from the beginning of his campaign to try to win support among very dark element of the Republican Party. Unfortunately it worked in the primaries but it’s destroying his presidency.

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Confederate Confusion: ESPN’s Robert Lee Pulls Out of UVA Football Game in Charlottesville

ESPN has reassigned play-by-play broadcaster Robert Lee so that he will no longer cover a football game at the University of Virginia next month because his name is similar to that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

ESPN’s Lee, who is Asian American, needless to say is not related to the Confederate general.

But the network responded after potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue near the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked a series of violent protests by white supremacists and neo-Nazis earlier this month. Three people died and dozens were injured.

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said in a statement. “In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

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The network did not immediately who would cover UVA’s home opener against William and Mary on September 2.

Fox Sports reporter Clay Travis, who broke the story, appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the situation on Tuesday night. Travis and Carlson, who are both outspoken conservatives, mocked ESPN as “MSESPN” throughout the segment.

“My instinct is, this has got to be a hoax because it’s too crazy,” Carlson said.

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“It’s 100 percent true,” Travis fired back. “It’s a sign of how ridiculous and absurd society has become.”

ESPN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request to speak with Lee about the decision.

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ESPN has reassigned play-by-play broadcaster Robert Lee so that he will no longer cover a football game at the University of Virginia next month because his name is similar to that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

ESPN’s Lee, who is Asian American, needless to say is not related to the Confederate general.

But the network responded after potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue near the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked a series of violent protests by white supremacists and neo-Nazis earlier this month. Three people died and dozens were injured.

“We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said in a statement. “In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

The network did not immediately who would cover UVA’s home opener against William and Mary on September 2.

Fox Sports reporter Clay Travis, who broke the story, appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the situation on Tuesday night. Travis and Carlson, who are both outspoken conservatives, mocked ESPN as “MSESPN” throughout the segment.

“My instinct is, this has got to be a hoax because it’s too crazy,” Carlson said.

“It’s 100 percent true,” Travis fired back. “It’s a sign of how ridiculous and absurd society has become.”

ESPN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request to speak with Lee about the decision.

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Hillary Clinton Memoir Says ‘Creep’ Trump Made Her Skin Crawl: ‘I Know You Love to Intimidate Women’ (Video)

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” aired exclusive excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book on Wednesday morning. The former secretary of state said that Donald Trump “was breathing down her neck” and made her skin crawl during a presidential debate, according to the new book preview.

Clinton’s new book, “What Happened,” details the presidential debate in which Trump stood closely behind his opponent when it was her turn to speak.

“It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before the world heard him brag about groping woman. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces,” Clinton wrote.

She continued: “It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching ,’Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on — as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly ‘back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’”

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” aired exclusive excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book on Wednesday morning. The former secretary of state said that Donald Trump “was breathing down her neck” and made her skin crawl during a presidential debate, according to the new book preview.

Clinton’s new book, “What Happened,” details the presidential debate in which Trump stood closely behind his opponent when it was her turn to speak.

“It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before the world heard him brag about groping woman. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces,” Clinton wrote.

She continued: “It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching ,’Well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on — as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly ‘back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.'”

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Missing Journalist Kim Wall’s Headless Body Found by Danish Police

The headless torso of Swedish journalist Kim Wall was found on a beach off Copenhagen, according to Danish police.

Copenhagen police said Wall’s head, arms and legs had “deliberately been cut off” her body, according to the Associated Press. DNA tests confirmed the torso is from the body of Wall and police are still searching for the rest of her body.

The body “washed ashore after having been at sea for a while,” Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told the AP.

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Wall was last seen on Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s homemade submarine on Aug. 10. Police believe Madsen deliberately sank the submarine. He has been arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges and says the death was an accident. Wall’s blood was found inside the submarine.

Wall has worked as a reporter for several outlets, including The New York Times and Vice. Madsen is a Danish inventor who crowdfunded the construction of the submarine, Nautilus, in 2008. When the submarine sank, Madsen initially blamed the incident on “a minor problem with a ballast tank” that “turned into a major issue.”

Madsen initially said that Wall had been on the submarine but disembarked the evening prior to the sinking. When asked why he did not respond to radio contact when the submarine went down, Madsen originally cited “technical problems.”

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The headless torso of Swedish journalist Kim Wall was found on a beach off Copenhagen, according to Danish police.

Copenhagen police said Wall’s head, arms and legs had “deliberately been cut off” her body, according to the Associated Press. DNA tests confirmed the torso is from the body of Wall and police are still searching for the rest of her body.

The body “washed ashore after having been at sea for a while,” Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told the AP.

Wall was last seen on Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s homemade submarine on Aug. 10. Police believe Madsen deliberately sank the submarine. He has been arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges and says the death was an accident. Wall’s blood was found inside the submarine.

Wall has worked as a reporter for several outlets, including The New York Times and Vice. Madsen is a Danish inventor who crowdfunded the construction of the submarine, Nautilus, in 2008. When the submarine sank, Madsen initially blamed the incident on “a minor problem with a ballast tank” that “turned into a major issue.”

Madsen initially said that Wall had been on the submarine but disembarked the evening prior to the sinking. When asked why he did not respond to radio contact when the submarine went down, Madsen originally cited “technical problems.”

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NYC’s Famed Village Voice Will End Weekly Print Edition

The Village Voice is ending its free weekly print edition, the company announced on Tuesday.

The free paper was distributed around New York City and is often handed to people as they enter the subway. It will maintain what it bills as its “iconic progressive brand” with a digital platform and new editorial initiatives as owner Peter Barbey looks to revitalize the company.

The Village Voice has been the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award and the George Polk Award. The paper’s website refers to it as the “nation’s first alternative newsweekly,” which started in 1955.

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“When The Village Voice was converted into a free weekly in an effort to boost circulation back in 1996, it was a time when Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren’t glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies – and newspapers everywhere – were still packed with classified advertising,” Barbey said in a statement.

He continued: Clearly a lot has changed since then. That business has moved online – and so has the Voice’s audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of publishing.”

Barbey said the decision will allow the brand to move forward “more freely” as it pursues avenues to make the Voice vital once again.

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The Village Voice is ending its free weekly print edition, the company announced on Tuesday.

The free paper was distributed around New York City and is often handed to people as they enter the subway. It will maintain what it bills as its “iconic progressive brand” with a digital platform and new editorial initiatives as owner Peter Barbey looks to revitalize the company.

The Village Voice has been the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award and the George Polk Award. The paper’s website refers to it as the “nation’s first alternative newsweekly,” which started in 1955.

“When The Village Voice was converted into a free weekly in an effort to boost circulation back in 1996, it was a time when Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren’t glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies – and newspapers everywhere – were still packed with classified advertising,” Barbey said in a statement.

He continued: Clearly a lot has changed since then. That business has moved online – and so has the Voice’s audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of publishing.”

Barbey said the decision will allow the brand to move forward “more freely” as it pursues avenues to make the Voice vital once again.

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CNN Cracks Top 5 Cable Networks During Busy News Week

A busy news week resulted in all three major cable news networks finishing among the five most-watched channels among all of basic cable last week, with Fox News extending its win streak to 33 consecutive weeks among total day viewers.

Fox News averaged 1.3 million total day viewers from Aug. 14-20 to continue its streak, while Nickelodeon averaged 1.1 million to finish second. MSNBC finished third, averaging a little over one million viewers and CNN came in fourth, averaging 908,000 total day viewers.

Fox News also won the primetime crown, topping all of basic cable in viewership from 8-11 p.m. for the 13th week in a row. MSNBC averaged 1.98 million primetime viewers to finish second, while USA, HGTV and TBS round out the top five. CNN averaged 1.3 million primetime viewers to finish sixth in the category.

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The week was packed with news, including President Trump’s now-infamous press conference that was covered by the news networks on Tuesday afternoon. The tragic events of Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in a handful of must-see TV moments for political watchdogs throughout the week.

FNC programs made up 11 of the top 30 basic cable programs among total viewers, including various episodes of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Five” and “Hannity.”

Meanwhile, Fox News’ sister, Fox Business Network, continued a win streak of its own. FBN has now topped CNBC during business hour for the 11th straight week.

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Fox News averaged 1.3 million total day viewers from Aug. 14-20 to continue its streak, while Nickelodeon averaged 1.1 million to finish second. MSNBC finished third, averaging a little over one million viewers and CNN came in fourth, averaging 908,000 total day viewers.

Fox News also won the primetime crown, topping all of basic cable in viewership from 8-11 p.m. for the 13th week in a row. MSNBC averaged 1.98 million primetime viewers to finish second, while USA, HGTV and TBS round out the top five. CNN averaged 1.3 million primetime viewers to finish sixth in the category.

The week was packed with news, including President Trump’s now-infamous press conference that was covered by the news networks on Tuesday afternoon. The tragic events of Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in a handful of must-see TV moments for political watchdogs throughout the week.

FNC programs made up 11 of the top 30 basic cable programs among total viewers, including various episodes of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Five” and “Hannity.”

Meanwhile, Fox News’ sister, Fox Business Network, continued a win streak of its own. FBN has now topped CNBC during business hour for the 11th straight week.

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Kal Penn Borrows an Insult From 1988 to Mock Trump, Calls Him a ‘Tiny-Fingered Vulgarian’ (Video)

Actor and political activist Kal Penn borrowed an insult from 1988 to slam President Trump on Tuesday morning, calling him a “tiny-fingered vulgarian.”

Current Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and novelist Kurt Anderson famously referred to Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in Spy magazine nearly 30 years ago. Penn borrowed the phrase during an appearance on CNN, but said “tiny” instead of “short.”

“You’re dealing with a tiny-fingered vulgarian who loves to tweet as a way to get policy done,” Penn said.

The size of Trump’s hands became an issue during the GOP primary and Trump eventually defended them during a televised debate.

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Penn, who once worked in the Obama Administration, appeared on CNN not only to mock Trump’s hands, but also to explain why he recently left Trump’s White House Arts Council.

“This is largely a dysfunctional government,” Penn said, adding that he and others left the council because “we felt like this was a point where an opportunity to resign en masse would send a message about who the majority of Americans really are, the love we have for each other, the opportunity to move the country forward in ways that a lot of folks are doing outside of government.”

He concluded: “You’re dealing with a tiny-fingered vulgarian who loves to tweet as his way to get policy done. We’re better than that.”

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Actor and political activist Kal Penn borrowed an insult from 1988 to slam President Trump on Tuesday morning, calling him a “tiny-fingered vulgarian.”

Current Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and novelist Kurt Anderson famously referred to Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in Spy magazine nearly 30 years ago. Penn borrowed the phrase during an appearance on CNN, but said “tiny” instead of “short.”

“You’re dealing with a tiny-fingered vulgarian who loves to tweet as a way to get policy done,” Penn said.

The size of Trump’s hands became an issue during the GOP primary and Trump eventually defended them during a televised debate.

Penn, who once worked in the Obama Administration, appeared on CNN not only to mock Trump’s hands, but also to explain why he recently left Trump’s White House Arts Council.

“This is largely a dysfunctional government,” Penn said, adding that he and others left the council because “we felt like this was a point where an opportunity to resign en masse would send a message about who the majority of Americans really are, the love we have for each other, the opportunity to move the country forward in ways that a lot of folks are doing outside of government.”

He concluded: “You’re dealing with a tiny-fingered vulgarian who loves to tweet as his way to get policy done. We’re better than that.”

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